Harold Burgmayer

Guest Conductor

Since 1981, DR. HAROLD BURGMAYER has served as the Divisional Music Director for The Salvation Army in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division with responsibility to perpetuate music and worship arts in over 50 churches. Harold began his musical journey with trumpet lessons from his father. At age 14, he began to conduct and arrange music for his small Salvation Army church band in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

During the time Harold was a student in architectural studies at the prestigious Cooper Union in lower Manhattan, he joined the New York Staff Band as a cornetist. For the final two years at Cooper, Harold assumed leadership of the Philadelphia Citadel Band and Songsters.

Harold completed a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition from Temple University. Since the mid–seventies, he has produced over 240 arrangements and compositions ranging from simple children's songs to a symphony for full orchestra.

Under the leadership of Dr. Burgmayer, Pendel Brass and Singers, have traveled to South America, Canada, Scandinavia, the USA South and West, including participation in the Rose Parade. Ten recordings reflect the legacy of over twenty-five years leadership with these trend-setting groups. Dr. Burgmayer has taught as an adjunct instructor at Philadelphia College of Bible and appeared as a guest choral and brass clinician with emphasis given to the training of young singers and instrumentalists. Numerous articles and instructional materials, including the Music Arts Proficiency (M.A.P.) curriculum reflect this initiative.

Harold lives in Philadelphia with his wife Priscilla and three daughters Kathryn, Carissa and Erin. The Burgmayer family worships at The Salvation Army Philadelphia Pioneer Corps where Harold conducts the corps senior and junior bands and instructs youngsters in brass and sight-singing.